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  • kin • song: ode to disability ancestors

    kin • song: ode to disability ancestors is a digital performance ritual, a cybernetic seance. Through monologue, dialogue, puppetry, song and dance, we will join creative forces to call upon the ghosts of our disability ancestors, waking them from their unmarked graves to join us in an act of mourning, celebration and care.
    Dec. 2-4  
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  • "Kimmy"

    Presented as an interactive radio play. "Kimmy" sees Kemi, a 12-year-old first-generation Nigerian girl, move from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery County, Maryland. Unfortunately, her efforts to fit in at her new school are halted by her father's taxicab and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Dec. 3-4  
    Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
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    #TXBookChat: Lone Star Literary Life

    Lone Star Literary Life has their collective fingers on the pulse of notable Texas book news. Join their Director, Kristine Hall, as she talks about author interviews, championing literary nonprofits, book clubs, reviews, and more.
    Thu., Nov. 11, 11am. Free.  
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    Austin Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

    "Figaro, Victor? Figaro?" We still recall actor Michael Sarrazin saying that, as Frankenstein's monster, in the network TV version of Mary Shelley's genre-defining tale. Now we can enjoy the source of the quote: Mozart’s classic spectacle of love, lust, seduction, infidelity, and – ultimately – forgiveness, with a stellar cast led by star soprano (and Austin native) Elena Villalón. The orchestra's conducted by Timothy Myers; E. Loren Meeker directs.
    Thu., Nov. 11, 7:30pm; Sun., Nov. 14, 2:30pm. $39 and up.  
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    Austin Playfest

    Austin Playhouse presents the first 13 features for this collaborative virtual theatre festival celebrating Austin’s creativity and resilience during the pandemic. Featuring works from the Playhouse itself, as well as Deaf Austin Theatre, Glass Half Full Theatre, Ground Floor Theatre, Hyde Park Theatre, Jarrott Productions, New Manifest Theatre Company, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, ScriptWorks, Summer Stock Austin, TILT Performance Group, and The Vortex.
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    BookWoman Virtual Poetry Reading

    Featured reader Lauren Berry is the author of two poetry collections: The Rented Altar and National Poetry Series winner The Lifting Dress. Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.
    Thu., Nov. 11, 7:15pm  
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    Fall for Dance

    Under the artistic direction of Leah Cox, Joel Valentín-Martínez, and Erica Gionfriddo, UT's Dance Repertory Theatre returns to the stage for an in-person celebration of dance, togetherness, and connection, presenting poignant new works of choreography.
    Through Nov. 21. Thu.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $15-26.  
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    ICOSA: Howdy, Stranger

    This is the culminating exhibition of the first series of Crit Nites, an inclusive critique group for Austin working artists. The works on display – organized by Casey Alfstad, Darcie Book, and Hayley Labrum Morrison – reveal the fruits of critical conversations of 40 artists and eight moderators shared through Crit Nites Virtual in 2021.
    Through Nov. 21
    310 Comal
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    Love Letters

    This is a staged reading of A.R. Gurney's Pulitzer-nominated examination of missed opportunities and the deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. Jeff Hinkle directs The Stage Austin's production, with a revolving cast of Austin talent.
    Through Nov. 13. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15-35.  
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    The All-Overs

    Jennifer Sherburn, that award-winning director of acclaimed modern dance series 11:11, presents this new and layered performance in the Meantime Batting Cage(!), staged alongside an exhibition of new dance photography, in a double-header art event. Featuring choreographers and performers Ciceley Fullylove, Lisa Anne Kobdish, Hailley Lauren, Taryn Lavery, Clay Moore, Tolly Moseley, Amy Myers, Sarah Annie Navarrete, Erica Saucedo, with original music by Juliana Sheffield and lighting design by Emily Novack. Note: It’s not not about baseball.
    Thu.-Sat., Nov. 11-13: 6:15pm, 7:15pm, 8:15pm. $15-25.  
    3200 Govalle
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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Artworks Gallery: Texas Photographic Society

    This here's the local stop for the Texas Photographic Society's 2021 juried exhibit tour.
    Through Nov. 27
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    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Books, Books, Books in the ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores – in-person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

    The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
    Through Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
    201 E. 21st
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    Cloud Tree: This is Knowhere

    This three-person exhibition (at one of the Eastside's brightest gallery gems) showcases that wood-sculpting genius Aaron Michalovic, folk artist Adam Young, and Camille Woods with her pop-cowboy aesthetic.
    Through Dec. 5
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    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." See website for details.
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    Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

    The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil." And there's also a show of works by more than 50 other Austin artists, in the Crit Group Reunion exhibition.
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    Davis Gallery: A Dance with Color

    This showcase of new work by Isabel Stensland – and earlier pieces representing the artist's various creative periods and influences – reveals a world of personal impressionist landscapes.
    Through Nov. 27
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    Deathsquad Secret Show

    Brian Redban, the co-creator of The Joe Rogan Experience, co-host of the Kill Tony show, brought a bunch of his funny friends to do two shows in Austin – and now his Deathsquad continues its comedy rampage at the Vulcan Gas Company, every Thursday at 8pm.
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Ongoings

    Marie Elena Ely’s show at the Ney Museum is a collection of photo/collage/paintings and prints.
    Through Jan. 9
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    Esther's Follies

    Esther's Follies – Austin's not-so-secret weapon in the fight against ennui – the comedy gem that still dazzles this growing urban hub – returns to the weekly live and in-person stage of their club on Dirty Sixth, the whole troupe bringing back old favorites and debuting a new program of hilarity with topical, ripped-from-the-headlines sketches and musical numbers. And you do need a laugh or two, right about this time, don't you, citizen? (And how about a margarita to go with that?) We'd add that the mind-boggling illusions presented by magician Ray Anderson are a bonus in the night's clever spectacle ... but, the way that arch maestro conjures mystery and delight, "bonus" would be an insult. Oh! Just look what shit they've been through over the past year. Welcome back, y'all!
    Thu., 8pm; Fri.-Sat., 8 & 10pm. $30-40.  
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    Ethos: Plagues Within Plagues

    When COVID-19 locked down the world in 2020, Austin's cybernetic opera savant Chad Salvata retreated to his BlackSun Studio and created a response with the music of Plagues Within Plagues. Seven plagues inform a sort of ballet electronica – refined by Sandie Donzica, Jose Lozano, and Bonnie Cullum, and performed by dancers Donzica and Michael Galvan – that's been filmed for maximum visual and sonic impact and is ready to reward your eyes with its arcane puissance.
    Available for streaming, through Nov. 30. $9.99.
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    Fallout Comedy

    What's the fallout from this pandemic? Who knows, right? But we know this is the Fallout near the end of the pandemic: An eclectic mix of live, mind-rocking comedy from some of Austin's best, all week long – even that weekly Sure Thing showcase is back! Check the website for details.
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    Flatbed Press: Intaglio

    Lance Letscher, widely known for his collage work, has artistic roots in printmaking. In 2020, he began a period of experimentation at Flatbed Press, using intaglio printmaking techniques. The resulting works – on display here – are straightforward and unpretentious, playing with color, line, and vision, always contrasting chaos with structure.
    Through Nov. 28
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    Heroic Dose

    Surely those Rude Mechs aren't planning on treating everyone to a hit of acid on Bicycle Day, right? Surely this latest multimedia, assorted-deliveries, unique community engagement project of theirs will only suggest or roughly replicate the effects of that psychedelic experience? Although who the fuck knows, these days? Especially since this is the award-winning, wholly entertaining, and paradigm-twisting Rudes we're talking about? Listen: "We will create an artistic circle of insight in which members will receive messages, signs, experiences, medicine, prayers, happenings and access to insights now and thru the near and far futures. These communications will begin but not be limited to the USPS, electronic mail, phone calls, gatherings, bonfires, scripture, visitations and visions. This ceremony does not promise us absolute truth. However, art can arise throughout our journeys and change can follow as that art is integrated into our daily lives in this urban jungle." Our professional recommendation: Get on it, voyager.
    It's already begun and it runs until, oh god, it could really be whatever. Pay what you can.  
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    HRC: Henry David Thoreau

    You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    MACC Galleries: Reopened!

    The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
    Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade.
    Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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    Modern Rocks Gallery Online

    What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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    Northern-Southern: Far In

    The amazing maker Laura Lit has summoned the full range of her experience in painting, film makeup, special effects, and architectural restoration to create these new animal-sized wall reliefs of wood, resin, and clay. Twelve of these brilliants will hang in Northern-Southern, each "a deliberate dreaming, a spirit made solid, a tether to within." Note: The artist will be present at a Happy Hour every Friday, 4-6pm, throughout the run of the show.
    Through Dec. 18
    107 E. Fifth
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    Poetry Slam

    Here's an evening of poetry with Ash Sumida and Taylor Ambrose. And – bring your own poems to share at the open mic that follows, you wordy citizen, you.
    Thu., Nov. 11, 7-9pm. $11.  
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    The Blanton: Sedrick Huckaby

    Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
    Through Dec. 5  
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    The Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
    Through Feb. 20
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    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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    The Hideout

    So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. Check that website, STAT.
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    The Museum of Future Present

    The Museum of the Future Present is "a visual mixtape of space, time, and mind," with musicians, performers, and visual artists collaborating on a series of explorable installations, to bring music to life in a tangible way inside Austin's Native Hostel. Note: "Installations are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just show up." Oh! You got that FOMO, yet, kid? Maybe don't miss your chance to InstaTok your life within the vibrant audiographic splendor of this new spectacle.
    Wed.-Sun., 11am-10pm. $25.  
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    The Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    The Tasters

    "With government leaders getting poisoned, the Tasters have an important job — eating delicious, gourmet meals, and waiting to see if they die. When one rebellious taster goes on hunger strike, it threatens to disrupt the order of their world and change the course of history." Meghan Brown's new play is directed by Kristen Osborn for UT Theatre & Dance.
    Through Nov. 14. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $26.  
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    Visual Arts Center: Fall Show

    A bold new season opens at UT’s Visual Arts Center, with premiering exhibitions “The Blessings of the Mystery” by Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, “Wait For It” by Joey Fauerso, “Cycles and Loops” by Bill Morrison, “(Untitled) Fanon” by Madison Cooper, and a group show (curated by Megan Hildebrandt, presented in partnership with the Livestrong Cancer Institutes) called “Aesthetics of Health.”
    Through Dec. 3. Free.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Under the Sky

    Colombian-American artist America Martin describes herself as a painting anthropologist, working primarily with paint on canvas and paper to explore the human experience – and the human form.
    Through Nov. 28
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    Women & Their Work: Pattern Language – لغه نمطيه

    Through installations that invert the principles of architectural design, artist Rehab El Sadek questions existing power dynamics and contemplates the role of the individual within the built environment.
    Through Dec. 16
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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    Yard Dog: Backstage at the Boneyard

    Ah, here's a terrific show of new paintings and prints from Jon Langford. You want to see a macabre and storied wonderland of Western skeletons boning up the bare truths of a life musically lived, then you'll be glad to feast your peepers on this wealth of weird beauty.
    Through Dec. 24

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